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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005

LAS 370S • 4-INTRO TO SPN AMER LIT THRU MOD

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38150
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Course Description

BEYERSDORFF In this course we will examine a broad range of Spanish American literary writings within the cultural-historical circumstances that produced them. The readings, spanning Mexico to Argentina, begin with the Mexica/Aztec migration histories, Mesoamerican (Guatemala) and Andean myth/history (Peru) and accounts of Spanish exploration and “Conquest” (Colón, Cortés and La Monja Alférez). We will read dramas for the evangelization of the Indian (Motolinía), essays on Inka history (Garcilaso Inka de la Vega), and on the origin of the natural world in the Americas (José de la Acosta). These are followed by important examples of Colonial letters: essay and biography of convent women, (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), the cartas of the Liberator, Simón Bolivar, and the Indian leader, Tupac Amaru and, finally, for the Republican era: essays on national identity and culture (Sarmiento and Prada), and stories of the frontier in regional cultures (Gorriti). The course will also stress reading comprehension, vocabulary building skills, and practice in organizing your thought in writing and orally in discussion. Our readings will be accompanied by study guidelines and/or questions, and for homework, you will be expected to prepare an answer for one or more of the questions or topics for class discussion. See Assignments on Additional Information page. Grading System: Homework: Composition of paragraphs on readings 50% Regular attendance and participation in class discussion on readings & videos 40% End-of-course oral presentation 10% Textbooks: Course Packet of Readings (University Co-op). Colonial Latin America, 5th edition, by Mark A. Burkholder & Lyman L. Johnson

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